Son John Jarrett will be 13 on Dec 11th. He is no longer a little boy who likes to play with Legos. He now shaves. This was his first season in tackle football. I was impressed! He played like his hair was on fire.
Daughter Danielle Grace turned 16 in Nov. Now playing the piano and learning the guitar. Very talented with paint, watercolors and now learning chalk in art. She speaks her mind (Well she has since she was 2). On Dec 24th she leaves for a month, heading to Brazil for a church mission.
Daughter Kailey Marie will by 20 on Dec 28th. (Where did all those years go?) Dating a very nice young man, Eric. I hope all the best for her and just want her to always be happy.
This year I, for the first time, saw the face of my Grandfather.
I wish I had taken more time when my Dad was alive to ask him about Grandpa. He died in 1950.
He worked for a chair Co. in Cannelton, Indiana.
I knew that my Grandfather, Donald Burgess Wold was adopted, I just didn't know who his birth parents were.
I found a book on line,The House of Burgesses. that list my Grandfather as the son of William Henry Burgess, adopted by Jonas and Grace Wold. Grace is the sister of William Henry.
William served as a musician in Co. A, 12 Minnesota Inf during the Spanish American War, and as a Corporal in the 4th Development Co. 164 Depot Brigade in 1917 as a drill instructor during WW1.
He married to a Florence Louise Bard in 1898 and had a son, also named William in 1909. My Grandfather was born in 1914. Was Florence his mother?
William and Florence are together in 1910 living in Medford, Oregon with son William Jr.
In 1920 William is remarried to a Josephine Venuto and living in Medford, Oregon. Florence and William Jr. seem to fall off the face of the earth until 1924 when I find her remarried to a John McOmie living in Spokane, Washington.
Charles Coomes Elder My Great Great Grandfather (1839-1906) and his 5 sons.
John William (My Great Grandfather) (1864-1958),
James Leo (1876-1966), June E. (1881-1907), Charles Benedict (1874-1970), And Felix Alexander (1867-1939).
Grandfather Paul Eugene Elder (1899-1950)
I know there has to be a photo out there somewhere. I was hoping to find you in a old school yearbook but then I discovered that you only attended school up to the 8th grade.
I did find your WW1 Registration Card, I know you were of Medium Height and Slender Build.
The Gedling Boys...
4 of them went off to the Civil War. 3 of them, Samuel, Joseph and John all left about the same time (Aug-Sept. 1861) and joined the Ohio 31st Infantry. I'd love to find a photo of them. The youngest brother, Jacob, joined in 1864 and died in Annapolis Md. in 1865.
Great Great Grandmother Nancy.....
I think you were born around 1835 in California, You were full blooded Wintu Indian and you were "married" to a Philip Blodgett. Thats about all I know about you. There is no paper trail, no Birth or Death certificate, No grave marker, I don't even know your real (Indian) name.
Great Great Grandfather Philip Blodgett.......
So where did you come from? Ohio? Illinois? Iowa? Almost a different state for each record I found. Were you running away from a marriage gone bad? You're listed as never married and then as a Widower. Was it Gold Fever when you set out for California in the 1850's?
Grandfather Donald Wold....
I wish I knew who your real mother and father were, I hope that Jonas and Grace loved you as their own,.
I also wish I knew why you took your own life, I always get sad thinking about you, Sad that I never met you.
Great Great Great Grandfather John Gedling...
What was it like to sail across the Atlantic in 1834? Did you and your family miss England? Why Ohio?
3 Elders were members of the Maryland Militia 37th Bn. During the Revolutionary War. All 3 are the sons of William Elder (My GGGGGG Grandfather).
First is Ignatius Elder (1749-1801) and Francis Elder (1755-1809). I didn't find a lot of information on Ignatius, He died in Kentucky. I don't know yet if he were married or had any children. He was part of the Elders who had to head west to Kentucky.
Francis held the rank of Ensign in the Army. He married Catherine Spalding and had 13 kids! (7 lived to adulthood)
Francis was laid to rest at Saint Josephs Catholic Church Cemetery Taneytown ,Maryland.
The 3rd brother, William Elder.
Report of the death of Pvt. Jacob Gedling 1865.
William Ahl, My 2nd Great Grand Uncle. William received a discharge from the Army in 1863 but later re-enlisted in 1865 as a 1st Lt. with A Co.Green River Infantry Battalion, Kentucky.
William fought with the 3rd Kentucky Cavalry Regiment,
After the capture of Fort Donelson the Federal troops advanced into Tennessee and the 3d cavalry proceeded to Nashville as part of Crittenden's division. It marched with Buell's army to Pittsburg landing and a portion of the regiment was engaged in the second day's battle at Shiloh and received high commendation from Gen. Crittenden. After the battle the regiment continued with Crittenden's division, Buell's army, in the movements on Corinth and Iuka.
It was on constant duty all the summer in Tennessee and Alabama, being at Huntsville Florence, Athens and other points. From Athens, Ala., it moved to Decherd, Tenn., and thence proceeded with Buell's army into Kentucky. On Aug. 11, 1862, Gen. Negley, then at Columbia Tenn., reported a fight near Kinderhook, in which Maj. Megowan's battalion of the regiment behaved most gallantly, fighting fiercely for 4 hours, and "driving the enemy in every direction."
William P Beavin, My Great Great Grandfather, A Private 3rd Regiment, Kentucky Cavalry.
William H Burgess, My Great Grand Uncle.
Joseph (my Great Great Grandfather) and his brother Samuel Gedling.
Thirty-first Infantry. - Col., Moses B. Walker , Lieut.- Cols., Cyrus W. Grant, Frederick W. Lister, Milton B. W. Har- mon; Majs., Samuel L. Leffingwell, John W. Free. This regiment was organized at Columbus, in Aug. and Sept., 1861, to serve for three years. It left the state on Sept. 30 and on Oct. 2 reached Camp Dick Robinson, Ky., where a regular course of drill began which rendered the regiment more efficient. It be- came attached to Buell's army and was in the advance toward Corinth, during which it was engaged frequently in skirmishing with the Confederates. It participated in the siege and was engaged at times quite warmly. In July the regiment was di- vided into detachments, two companies being sent to Decatur and one to Trinity. The latter detachment, consisting of 28 men, was attacked by a force of some 200 or 300 mounted Confeder- ates. The attack was repulsed, but one-half of the detachment was killed or wounded. Participating in the march to Louis- ville the regiment was under fire at the battle of Perryville, but was not actively engaged. It was actively engaged, how- ever, at the battle of Stone's river, where it acquitted itself nobly. The regiment then enjoyed a few months, rest and in June it started on the Tullahoma campaign. It was engaged at Hoover's gap and, in connection with the 17th Ohio, carried a position defended by two Confederate brigades. The regiment was engaged on both days at Chickamauga and suffered severely. Its next engagement was Brown's ferry and then followed Mis- sionary ridge, where it was among the foremost regiments to bear the loyal standard into the enemy's works. About this time the regiment re-enlisted, received a furlough of 30 days, and in the following spring it marched on the Atlanta campaign. It was engaged in an assault on the enemy's line in front of Resaca and lost heavily. It participated in all the important engagements of the campaign except the battle of Jonesboro, then moved with Sherman's army to the sea, thence up through the Carolinas, and was mustered out on July 20, 1865.
On May 15th my mother turned 75 years old. Today my brother and I took her to lunch and I took the time to ask her questions I should have asked a long time ago.
My mothers Great Grandfather, Arther G Owens (1840-1905)
Arther was from Montgomery Co. Indiana. He married Victoria Ann King in Page, Co. Iowa in 1861. A Civil War Vet, he served with A Co. 4th Iowa Inf. with his brother Silas.
Arther and Ann had 8 children.
In 1880 I find the family in Union Co. Oregon and Arther is employed as a carpenter.
Victoria Ann King (1843-1914)
Victoria was born in Ohio, After Arther's death I find Victoria living in Oakland, CA. with her youngest daughter Alta.
Mom told me that she remembers her grandfather talking about Arther " His family was from Wales and he hated the English, He was very proud of being Welch". She told me.
Henry Clay Burgess (1848-1928)
Henry was born in Parke Co. Indiana to William H. and Eliza Burgess.
Henry and Wife Ellen live in Mankato, Minnesota up to 1910 when I find them in Medford, Oregon. Henry made his living as a carpenter and as a salesman.
Henry died in Medford, Oregon.
Ellen Melinda French (1853-1927)
Ellen was born in Padeville, Wisconsin.The daughter of Charles and Mary French.
Charles and Ellen has 6 children,
Sons Arthur, Frank and William were listed in the 1900 census as actors and daughter Grace was a piano teacher.
Ellen was laid to rest at the Eastwood IOOF Cemetery in Medford,Oregon.
Grace Burgess, My mothers Grandmother.
Grace was born in Leray, Minnesota in 1880.
Grace married Jonas Wold in Brookfield, Missouri in 1904.
Grace and Jonas never had any children of their own, Family stories passed down tell us that Her and Jonas adopted Donald as their own.
Mom told me that Grace was a smoker and husband Jonas wasn't, And that mom and her sister would have coffee with Grandma Grace, "Lots of sugar and cream and very little coffee".
Grace and Jonas with son Donald. Jonas was born in Leranger, Norway. He came to America in 1881 at the age of 9. I first found Jonas in Fargo ND in 1900 and sometime after he and Grace were married they moved to Oregon.
Jonas was a pharmacist and owned his own drug store in Medford.
On the business outlook of Medford, Jonas was quoted in the Medford Saturday Review, "Things improving every day. One thing noticeable is
the class of trade. The same class of stock is demanded here that is
demanded in cities of 100,000 or more." Jonas Wold, Medford Pharmacy.
Apt. Building Jonas and Grace lived in. Also son Donald and his wife Anna June live in the same building in 1937. Jonas and Grace lived in Apt. 5. Donald and June lived in Apt. 19.
Mom told me that Jonas was always in a hat and tie. Owning his own drug store, there was always some sort of sweets in his pockets when the Grand daughters came by.
I've covered Mom's other grandparents, Arther and Annie Owen in past posts.
Arther and Annie Owen in Del Norte Co. CA.
Top clockwise, Arther Owen, Bertha Owen, Albert Owen, Henrietta Owen, Baby Ernie Owen, Annie Blodgett Owen, Alice Owen and Clara Brodnax (from Annie's 1st marriage)
Mom told me that Arther wasn't around much. He'd just kinda drift away at hunt, fish, or pan for gold. Come home and then leave again. She didn't remember Annie too much, She died in 1945. She did remember Arther as a kind man who was always busy in his wood shop, "Just don't touch his tools". She said.
Donald Burgess Wold (1914-1963)
My mothers father.
Donald was born in Minnesota.
in 1937, Donald was a bookkeeper for Timber Products in Medford, Oregon. He was a new father with daughter Marilyn born that year. In 1938 he moved the family to the San Francisco area where Judy (1938) and Nancy (1940) were born.
Mom remembers a sweet man, whom she never doubted that he loved his daughters, But alcohol was a demon he couldn't shake.
I was told that Donald took his life in 1963.
Anna June Zoll (1920-1996)
My Mothers Mother.
Born in Oregon, she lived he early days in Del Norte Co. CA.
She married Donald in 1936 and 3 girls. Nancy, Judy and Marilyn.
Anna June would later meet Ed Zoll at the Magidan Arny Hospital at Ft. Lewis, Washington. Mom told me that Grandma must have made quite a impression on Ed Zoll. Seems that Grandma left Ft. Lewis to head back to California before he was discharged. When discharged, Ed came to Northern CA. to look for her.
Grandma June with Grandpa Ed and Daughter Kathy and Son Jim. in Cannelton, Indiana in 1967.
June passed away in 1996.
She was buried at Willamette Nat. Cemetery on Mt. Scott where she is able to enjoy the views of Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Hood.
Zolls, Elders, Godsils, Eckerts, Muellers, Routtus, Quicks, ...and forgive me if I left out any last names.